Today, [Saturday, Jan. 27] I joined members of the Alpiners hiking club for a trek through part of the Rockwood State Forest in Fulton County. It was 35 degrees [with zero] precipitation as compared to last Saturday’s 4 degrees! We were prepared with both snowshoes and microspikes. Because it has been fairly warm and so rainy, we decided we only needed the spikes and hiking poles. Piper the Wonder Dog and Nikki also joined in the fun.
We were advised to pack a trail lunch, so I had a sandwich and some chocolate bars in my pack. The hike was moderate with a few hills to climb. I recognized the old fireplace and chimney landmark we used to see when we cross-country skied back when I was in high school. I [hadn’t] been in these woods for years even though I live nearby.
We ended up hiking close to 2 miles. We had a little tailgate party in the parking lot with fancy cookies and brownies provided by our thoughtful trip leader. Someone decided we should have lunch at Sam’s Steakhouse in Johnstown, so my poor little sandwich went on a 1.7-mile hike for nothing.
This is a great place to visit [and] there is a long, narrow parking lot. People hike, snowshoe, and cross-country ski here. In the summer, I see trucks with horse trailers, so people enjoy riding in the Rockwood [State] Forest as well.
Read more about the Rockwood State Forest by visiting this NYS DEC webpage.
Photo at top: Rockwood State Forest sign. Photo by Laura Bellinger.